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Swim England has a minimum standard for its affiliated clubs in a bid to show they have the highest standards of safe and effective practice in place.
The Club Affiliation (previously known as ‘Stronger Affiliation’) process has been introduced so new and existing members know clubs are well run and their personnel have the necessary safeguarding checks and appropriate qualifications in place to ensure members’ safety.
By introducing a Club Affiliation process, Swim England will be able to:
If your club is already ‘SwimMark Accredited‘ you must maintain your SwimMark Accreditation.
For any club without SwimMark (or should their SwimMark lapse), the following 5 pieces of evidence must be provided and approved on an ANNUAL basis – this process is called ‘Club Affiliation‘. Please note: The evidence is submitted via the SwimMark Portal – if you do not already have an account set up, you will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access, providing them with your Name, Club, Swim England Number, Email Address and Role within the club.
Within the portal there is a document entitled ‘Club Affiliation Matrix‘ – this provides you with all the necessary information and evidence required to achieve Club Affiliation.
In short, the required evidence is:
Clubs are reminded to ensure they are complying with the current Swim England Coaching Policy at all times – please also refer to the following document containing Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Swim England Coaching Policy.
If a club is able to provide all of the above information on an annual basis from when they first complete it, then they will be compliant for Swim England at the time of their membership renewal.
Anyone with any questions about the Club Affiliation process should refer to the FAQs document or, if they require further information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.